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The Son

Florian Zeller
Translated by Christopher Hampton

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Nicolas is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping classes, lying. He believes moving in with his father and his new family may help. A different school, a fresh start. When he senses he isn’t wanted there, he decides to go back to his mother’s. But what happens when the options dry up?

I’m telling you. I don’t understand what’s happening to me.

Florian Zeller’s The Son completes a trilogy with The Mother and The Father, all of which are translated by Christopher Hampton. The Son premiered at the Kiln Theatre, London, in February 2019, and transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in August.

Critic Reviews

Florian Zeller has been called the most exciting playwright of our times, and this take-your-breath-away effort will reinforce that view. This final part of his family trilogy may be the most powerful of all.

The Times
Critic Reviews

The surgical precision of the writing achieves a devastating visceral impact.

Daily Telegraph
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I’d defy anyone not to be moved by this study of the disruptive dynamics of family life.


Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright. He won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 for his third novel, Fascination of Evil. His plays include L’Autre, Le Manège, Si tu mourais, nominated for a Globe de Cristal, Elle t’attend and La Vérité. La Mère (The Mother, Molière Award for Best Play in 2011) and Le Père (The Father, Molière…

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